Join Eric Wing for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating an architectural test model, part of MEP Families in Revit.
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- As I mentioned before, you need to create all of your hosted MEP families as a face-based component. You will see that Revit has several different hosting methods in the family templates, such as wall-based, ceiling-based, et cetera, well the families that are hosted to a building component such as a wall or ceiling won't work, if you're hosting to a linked model. This seems silly, doesn't it, since 100% of the time you'll be hosting your devices to a linked architectural model. So, the objective of this video, is to create an architectural test model that renews again, and again, and again, so that we can properly test our devices to a linked model.
So let's jump into Revit, under Projects let's click on New. The template file, let's hit the drop down, and I'm going to grab an architectural template. I'm going to click okay. Now, on the architecture tab, let's click the wall button. For the height, let's select Level 2. And I'm just going to draw a few random walls, I'm going to draw a wall here, about 32 feet out, I'm going to come up at a 45 degree angle cause I like to test my components at different angles as well, maybe I'll draw it out 24 feet from there.
I'll come down about 48 feet then I'll come back until it's in alignment with the first wall I picked, and I'm going to come up and I'm just going to close it in, nothing special. Let's hit escape a couple times, now I'm going to draw another wall straight down from here, so I'm going to select this wall, Create Similar, Now I'm going to pick a point, like right about here, and I'm going to come down to about here. I'm going to hit escape, maybe I'll draw one more wall, I'll come down about eight feet here, and draw it straight over, now I'm going to hit escape.
Now what I'd like to do is go with the ceiling plan level one, I want to put a couple ceilings in. So on the architecture tab, I'm going to click on the ceiling button, I'm going to go into this room, I'm going to pick a ceiling, pick the spot, then I'm going to pick another spot there. Going to hit escape. I'm going to go back down the level one floor plan, I'm going to click the door button, I'm going to zoom in, I'm going to put a door here, I'm going to hit my spacebar to flip it to the wall, put one right about there, maybe put one right about here, and I suppose I'll put one right about here.
I'm going to hit escape a few times. Now what I'm going to do is I'm going to put some rooms in, so on my architecture tab, I'm going to come down and click the room button, I'm going to put one here, here, and here. With all my caps turned on, I'll call this CLOSET, and the room number will be 101. This one, I'll call this CONFERENCE, and this one will also be 101.
Elements have duplicate number values, which is fine. Now I'm going to call this one CONFERENCE 102. Hit enter. This is really all we need for our test model, so I'm going to save it, and I'm going to put it somewhere that makes sense to me. I'm going to call Arch-Test.
I'm going to click on my Options, I'm going to make sure I only have one backup, I'm going to click okay, now I'm going to click on Save. We're going to use this quite a bit.
Author Eric Wing shows how to model MEP families on a topic-by-topic basic, so you can learn the ins and outs of family creation while modeling exactly what you need for your drawings today. The course starts with a review of the basics: parameters, connectors, dimensions, and various family modeling techniques. Then Eric investigates specific parts and systems that can be created with Revit families: electrical panels and junction boxes, recessed and track lighting, HVAC systems with ducting and air terminals, and pipe systems. Along the way, he introduces the reference planes, parameters, shapes, and hosting options necessary to build families on your own.
- What is a Revit family?
- Using the Revit Family Editor
- Working with family parameters
- Constraining families with dimensions
- Creating extrusions, sweeps, and blends
- Creating panels and junction boxes
- Creating electrical lighting
- Modeling mechanical HVAC systems
- Creating pipe systems
- Annotating families